The Hawkeye Issue IV




The real

bird behind


May 2016

1700 Courthouse Road Stafford, VA 22554

Volume III - Issue IV

Table of Contents

3 4

Benny the Blackhawk: the real bird

Students at crossroads


A walk down memory lane


7 8





By Kiara Neely

There’s only one more year left for

the Class of 2017 and Brooke Point

juniors are using this time to focus on

their educations. Juniors were asked

what they are proud of this year. The

Class of 2017 was also asked how

junior year is going.

The Class of 2017 is proud for

many reasons, some academic. Junior

Bryce Pratt-Smalls explained, “I’m

actually proud that I’ve stayed in the

STAT program for so long.”

Junior Alex McGuire explains he

is proud of “establishing the gaming

club with Mr. Timmerman and finding

someone that I’m compatible with.”

Although students are proud of their

accomplishments, this year contained

many obstacles.

Junior year is known to be very

difficult. With ACTs and SATs,


BP’s dress codes

Teacher myths under investigation

Summer travel tips & tricks

Good eats: raspberry lemonade cupcakes

Be Proud

many juniors find this portion of

high school to be the most stressful.

Junior Michael Torres stated “the

busy schedule and the late night

working” were the most stressful

aspects. Although the year seemed

intimidating, juniors completed the

year with grace.

Juniors also gave advice to

sophomores getting ready for

their junior years. Junior Riley

Mensah said, “Don’t be scared of the

intimidation of junior year. Just try

your best.” Junior Kyanua Gibson

replied, “Get yourself that one friend

that you can count on.” Students also

stated that sophomores should focus

on their classes and grades. The Class

of 2017 is excited for senior year and

is proud of the school and staff.

Inside scoop on spring track

2016 summer blockbusters


Zakiya Williams


Kyanua Gibson


Michael Torres






We’ve all seen the

feathery creature at school

events we know as Benny

the Black Hawk. The

question is: how well do

you know our school’s

favorite bird?

Benny is an important

part of our school’s spirit,

for some more than

others. For example,

senior Isaiah Jackson said,

“Benny the Blackhawk is

an inspiration in my life;

he is my spirit animal.” He

wanted to know, “What

do I have to do to be like


By Isabella Taffera, Sarah Moncure and Kassidy McCall

when I grow up?” Benny

responded, “Be open, be

kind, be energetic, and

love Brooke Point with all

of your heart! If you really

want to be like me, you

have to be a bird though,

which might be hard for

some people.”

A person’s choice of

breakfast food provides

insight to his or her

character. When asked

what his morning meal is,

Benny said, “Some good

worms, since I have to

get up early for school!

Sometimes Benny's cafe

downstairs makes me a

super delicious breakfast

though, and that's always

a treat!”

Sophomore Jaylen

Carter said, “Can he fly,

so he can fly me home?”

Benny responded, “I love

flying! I soar to new

heights with my fellow


A handsome hawk

such as Benny, must

have a secret for keeping

his feathers so sleek. He

boasts about his stylist,

Momma Hawk, who takes

care of all his feathercare

needs. Benny said,

“I comb my feathers out

when necessary, and

Momma Hawk always

smooths out my feathers

before I go to any event

to make sure I look


Now you’ve become

an expert on all things

Benny! From cereal

to feather care, the

Hawkeye’s got

you covered.

No longer

is he just an


bird, but

our own

Benny the



What is your craziest

experience as Benny?

“I walked up to a group of boys,

and one of them said, ‘Yo, what's up

Mrs. Vanhook?’ I started laughing

and was like ‘What?!’ It definitely

was NOT Mrs. Vanhook in there!”

Is it hot in there?

“SUPER hot! It gets better as you

do it more often because your body

gets used to it. But you get really

sweaty, and it’s super exhausting.”

Dani Dias

Was it hard to keep your


“It was really hard at first! And also

really frustrating when people did

find out because no one is supposed

to know! But once my name got

released at senior night it made

being Benny so much easier, not

having to hold my secret in!”

What does it take to be a

good Blackhawk?

“You have to be very energetic,

pretty outgoing, patient (to deal

with the little kids), have tons of

school spirit and love for BP, and be

willing to sacrifice [for] Friday

night football games and

other sporting events.”


Students At Crossroads...

By Nathaniel Bowman and Virginia Lusker

The 2015-2016 school year is

finally coming to an end, and many

students are at crossroads. For those

in their freshman year, they prepare

themselves for another journey. One

where they are no longer the youngest

class. Freshman Chris Constante

declared he feels indifferent about

becoming a sophmore because “it’s

still school.” Responding with a

more eager reply, freshman Emma

Tucker stated,

“I’m ready

to get out of

school faster.”



shrugged off

this factor with

ease, saying,

“the classes

don’t get

harder.” After

pondering the thought, Tucker shared,

“If I don’t do well in my AP class that

could be a problem.” Giving his advice

to those joining BP in the 2016-

2017 school year, Constante advised,

“Always be organized, because I’m

not.” Tucker also had a few pointers

and kindly shared, “Get some sleep


Emma Tucker

while you can, you’re going to need it.”

These are just a few good tips that we

could all learn from these admirable


With a bit more of an intense

change, juniors are now beginning to

think about their senior year. When

being asked about the transition,

junior Rachel Rhett responded, “I’m

worried about college.” On board a

different train of thought, junior Avery

Njau stated that he feels

“very stressed.” Then taking

her mind off of the stress,

Rhett expressed that she’s

looking forward to life after

college. Also ready to be

stress-free, Njau most looks

Rachel Rhett

forward to

“leaving school.”

The Hawkeye

then asked

which of their

three previous

years of high

school they

favored. Rhett

shared, “They were all equally

amazing for very different

reasons.” More specifically,

Njau explained his favorite was

“sophomore year because it was

pretty chill.”

Coming to the end of the road,

the focus is now on BP seniors.

Senior Samantha Rayburn

admitted, “I’m nervous, but

I’m also really excited because

Andrew Waite

Photos by Virginia Lusker

now life is starting.” Feeling confident

about the road ahead, senior Andrew

Waite shared, “I’m ready to go to

college to start the next journey in

my life.” Waite stated that he most

Im ready to go to


To start the next

journey in my


Andrew Waite

looks forward to “being able to say I

accomplished what I wanted to in high

school.” Rayburn is excited for “being

able to sleep in.”

What really happens after college?

What happens out there in the real

world? It could be overwhelming,

frightening even. So as they take a

turn down what seems like a dark

and scary path, Waite is confident

about the future. He

explained, “I’ve

already had two jobs,

and I’m just used to

it already.” Rayburn,

on the other hand,

revealed that she

fears “the fact that

[she’s] going to have

to do something with

[her] life and to

actually have a life.”

Though they’ve

taken the longest journey, does it

actually help in the long run? Giving

his opinion on the situation, Waite

agreed that high school has helped

in the long run. Agreeing with Waite,

Rayburn confessed, “I feel like I’m

ready, for certain.” Although some

may see graduation as the end of the

road for the Class of 2016, it’s only the

beginning of their lifelong journies.

A Walk Down

Memory L ane

By Shelby Baird

It’s always nice to reminisce about summers past, whether

they are memories of friends or family. Remembering times

like going to the beach, exploring amusement parks or simply

hanging out with friends can make you realize how lucky you

really are today.

Some memories have a long lasting effect on daily life. Junior

Ashlynn Taylor said, “My

favorite summer memory

was probably last year

and my trip to Taiwan.”

She continued to say she

thought it was nice “just to

see the culture and do stuff

like cave diving and riding

elephants, stuff you can’t

really experience here.”

Not everyone can get

As a child, I

remember making

macaroni art

Jacinta Sanchez

up and take trips around the world. Some prefer to stay local

and go to places like Kings Dominion. Freshman Trevon Lewis

said his favorite summer memory was going to the amusement

park. “I loved going to Kings Dominion, the rides were great. I

loved the up and down roller coasters. It was a really amazing


Looking a little further back, sophomore Jacinta Sanchez said,

“As a child, I remember making macaroni art all my by myself.”

She then commented, “I was a very lonely child.”

Sophomore River Clark had a different old summer memory.

“My friends Steven Sindle, Tyler Eggers and I would go to

Bethany Beach in Delaware and play manhunt all night, every


Summer memories have their ups and downs. Reminiscing

allows us to look back and realize how much we’ve experienced

and accomplished. Taking a moment to reflect on childhood

summer memories can bring a new perspective to life.

Memory Ln


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photo credit:




By Colleen Parker

“I like walking

around downtown


and then going to Carl’s Ice Cream Shop


Sophomore Jillian McKnight

“I usually go to


Field House and

Sweet Frog during the summer.”

Junior Sandra Paniagua


River Tubing

is awesome, I

recently bought four tubes for

tubing... I think that Carl’s is

overrated, I honestly like Dairy

Queen better.”

Teacher Kristen Knott


photo credit:

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style ideas

By Jasmine Sutton-Banks


Melissa Tran’s

favorite things

about spring

apparel is “just

that it’s more

diverse than

winter clothes.

There [are]

more ways

to wear



Ally Heath


shopping at

Hollister for

spring fashion.


Senior Taylor

Brown likes

to wear “maxi

skirts and

long dresses”

during spring.

Junior Tiffany


said, “The

strict dress

code prohibits

us from

wearing so

many things.”





By Jane Pierce, Savannah Duckworth and

Kayla Hilado

In recent years, controversy

relating to the dress code has

become a trending topic among

highschoolers nationwide. Many

students here at Brooke Point have

opinions on it themselves. In order

to spark conversation within the

school, The Hawkeye has reached

out to administration, teachers,

and students to get their opinions

on the county’s take on the dress


The county determines the

dress code, with its specifics

varying from district to district.

Stafford County’s Code of Conduct

is addressed annually with a

meeting among administrators

selected by the central office. At

these meetings, any changes or

amendments to the dress code are

discussed. In the end, the school

board makes the final decision

that teachers and principals have

to implement.

A frequently discussed concern

is the sexist aspects within the

dress code. Sophomore Ariana

Tran and freshman Triana Forand

both commented saying that guys

can “get away with” wearing tank

tops, muscle tees and shorter

shorts, while girls are told to

change. Freshman Ali Almeflehi

agrees that girls are treated

differently regarding the dress

code. He said, “You’re not going to

find a boy wearing short-shorts,

obviously. So it’s harder for us

[males] to get dress coded.”

Many students believe the dress

code isn’t enforced as it should

be, with a lot of the opinions

leaning toward Brooke Point not

being strict enough. In particular,

math teacher Seth Galluzzi stated

that he feels there should be a

more stringent dress code. Senior

Doreen Frempomah remarked,

“I don’t even think that the dress

code is being enforced as much as

it could be. People come to school

dressed how they want, and no

one ever tells them anything.”

However, in the opinion of

Assistant Principal Laura Sullivan,

the administrator in charge of

processing dress code violations,

our school’s enforcement of the

dress code is exactly as it should

be. Sullivan went on to say, “My

experience at other high schools

is that we are about equal to them,

and that we implement it the same

way they do.”

The overall goal of the dress

code is to teach students to dress

appropriately for different settings

and to learn that school is a place

of work and business.” Sullivan

expressed on the purpose of the

dress code in school. Frempomah

agreed by saying, “It’s just the

dress code, a way to ensure that

the classroom environment isn’t

disrupted. If everyone just abides

by it and is cool about it, I don’t

think it’ll be a big deal.”

Tell us what you

think on social media


Teachers who have

impacted student lives

By Mason Russell

Teachers help lay the very foundation of education in public

schools. Their duty is to help inspire all students and to find the

hidden talent that lies inside them. In all schools nationwide

are some of the greatest teachers America has to offer, and

many of them work at our school. Many teachers at Brooke

Point have impacted kids lives for the better, helping prepare

them for the real world.

“We know what we are, but know

not what we may be.”

- William Shakespeare


Freshman Kaylin

Waldner used to think

“high school teachers were PLAUSIBLE...

going to scream at people

the entire time.”

Junior Ashley Cruz “[feels]

like they talk about us

[students] to their families.”

Freshman Kaylin Waldner

thinks that after school

teacher “[only] grade

papers. That’s pretty much


“When [Senior Doreen

Frempoman] was in

elementary school, [she]

thought teachers lived

at the school [and] they

never left.”




Teacher Myths

By Regan Flieg

Over the years, students have

developed a lot of crazy ideas about

what teachers do when they’re not

teaching. Learn the truth about teacher myths from Brooke Point teachers.

KNOTT Montgomery Overman Reynolds




\Confirmed /

Sophomore Parker Siebenschuh said, “Mr. Anastasio is a very

good teacher, even with the worst bunch of students.” He said,

“Mr. Anastasio is very truthful about the future, and does his

best to try and help prepare those who want to be ready.” When

asked about what he learned for him, he said, “Mr. A taught me

to always be real, and be prepared for whatever life throws at


Robert Anastasio and others like him have been doing their

part to help teach and inspire kids here at Brooke Point since

the 90’s. We need to remember the impact teachers have had on

our lives. How they’ve inspired so many kids across the country.

How they’ve helped light our way to the path of our future. How

they have bonded with us and spent time out of their to help

prepare us for the real world, and whatever lies ahed, we’ll be

ready for because of them.






\Confirmed /








The Magic Continues

No one anticipated that a book about

an orphaned wizard named Harry

Potter would become a bestselling

book, following with eight movies, and

multiple theme parks.

This summer on July 31 the magic

continues with a new addition to the

series, “Harry Potter and the Cursed

Child”. The book follows the events

of Harry Potter who is now an adult

working for the Ministry of Magic, and

his youngest son Albus who attends

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and

Wizardry. Now Harry Potter not only

must deal with being an overworked

employee, but also being a father of

three children. Albus also struggles to

cope with meeting the expectations

of his family’s legacy. Both father and

son learn that darkness can come from

unexpected places.

The book itself is a collaboration

between J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany,

an English theatre director. The new

novel is expected to maintains the

high standards that J. K. Rowling set

with the original Harry Potter series.

The newest addition includes welldeveloped

characters, interesting plots,

creative conflicts, and the same magic

from the original books. Even with such

high expectations, “Harry Potter and the

Cursed Child” is sure to be a hit amongst

the student body.

Information was gathered from


By Grace Duckworth, Jane Pierce and Kayla Hilado

photo from theonering

Trip Tips

By Grace Duckworth, Jane Pierce and Kayla Hilado

photo from vectorjungle

According to BP’s frequent fliers, traveling becomes easier. For less

seasoned travelers, going on vacation can be a rough time. Here are

some steps to surviving summer travels!

Before you go: Packing

Freshman Eileen Stewart said

she travelled a lot while living

in China this past year. Stewart

comments on packing for trips,

“Definitely look up where

you’re going and see what the

environment is like, the weather

and all that kind of stuff. From

there it will help you pack.”

Rolling your clothes instead

of folding them is a useful tip

shared by freshman Kierrya

Whiting. Beware of packing

too much into your suitcase. As

sophomore MJ Maire says, “Pack

lightly, be efficient.’

Traveling: Security Checks

At the airport, it’s easy to get

by security in a fraction of the

time with a TSA Pre-Check. Be

sure to wear easily removal

clothing and slip on shoes.

On the way: Snacks and


“Don’t eat the airline ice

cream!” Whiting strongly

advises, instead try bringing a

bag or cooler full of small snacks

for the ride. If the trip becomes

boring, put a cellphone in a

plastic bag and hook it to the

back of the tray table for handsfree


Upon arrival: Keeping your

phone charged

Going to unfamiliar places,

it’s important to keep a

fully charged phone. Buy a

portable battery to be able to

check Instagram and Twitter

throughout the day.

Without a wall charging

adapter, try checking if the back

of the hotel T.V. has a USB port.

With all these tips to remember,

it’s easy to become stressed,

but the most important thing to

remember while traveling is to

relax and have fun!

photo from pinterest

Makes 12 Cupcakes



3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup cake flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp lemon zest

1/2 cup butter (softened)

1 large egg

2 large egg whites

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp lemon extract


1/4 cup + 3 tbsp of buttermilk

1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice


Preheat oven to

350 degrees. Mix

both flours, baking

powder, baking

soda and salt into

a mixing bowl

and whisk for 20

seconds. Set aside.

Simple Syrup-

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp sugar

Raspberry Frosting-

1 (heaping) cup of raspberries

3/4 cup butter

(room temperature)

2 3/4 - 3 cups of powdered


1/2 tsp vanilla extract

24 fresh raspberries (for


Lemon wedges (for topping)


Electric mixer

Food processor

Measuring cups

Summer Recipes:




By Faith Jasso, Gwen Keller and Cody Ferdinand

Photo by Gwen Keller

In a electric mixing bowl, grind 3/4 cup of

sugar with the lemon zest for about a minute.

Then, add butter, egg, egg whites, vanilla and

lemon extract and mix for about 30 seconds.

3 4

In a liquid measuring

cup, whisk together

buttermilk and lemon

juice. Add buttermilk

mixture and flour

mixtures to electric

mixing bowl and mix

for about 1 1/2 min

until a nice batter




Recipe from

For frosting, pureee raspberries

in food processor until well

pureed. (You should have 6-7

tbsp of puree.) Heat mixture

in saucepan over low-medium

heat until the amount of puree is

reduced by half.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tbsp of lemon

juice with 1 tbsp of sugar until the sugar has

desolved. Brush syrup over warm cupcakes.


Divide batter

among 12 paper

lined muffin cups.

Place in oven for

18-20 min. Remove

from oven when

a toothpick is

inserted and comes

out clean. Allow

cupcakes to cool.

Meanwhile, prepare

simple syrup and



In the clean, electric mixer bowl,

whip butter and powdered sugar,

and then mix in raspberry puree

with vanilla for about a minute.

8Frost each cupcake when cupcakes are cool.

Add one raspberry and a sliced lemon wedge to

decorate. Enjoy!



back at it again with the

football conditioning

By De’Jah Saunders

Football is a favored

school sport. Games

are only played during

the fall season, but football

players practice year round.

Football conditioning begins right

after the season ends and starts

again in the summer before school

Alex Murdock

starts. Some athletes participate

in multiple sports. Freshman Alex

Murdock explains that football

conditioning does affect his

participation during other seasons,

but in a positive way. He says, “Yes it

affects other sports ‘cause it keeps

you in shape for both.”

Tiavante Mclaughlin

It might seem that one sport can

be tiring for a single student athlete.

But junior Tiavante Mclaughlin

states,“It’s not exhausting. I like it

year round because I

like the training.” Coach

Buzzo has been a coach

for sixteen years and

absolutely loves it. He

adds, “Anyone who

plays football, does

it year round. And if

an athlete is involved

in another sport they

must prepare for the

football season.” Football

conditioning is here and

it’s here to stay... until

the season begins.

B eating the heat

A spring track overview

How much do

you really know

about spring

track? At Brooke

Point, there is

winter track and

spring track.

Both consist of Jack Rock

throwing, jumping, sprinting and

running events. One of the biggest

questions that arises is, “What is the

difference between winter and spring

track?” Freshman Colin Roberts said,

“Winter track was easier and there

[were] less people.” Sophomore Jack

Rock explained, “Winter track was

cold and dry where spring track is

hot and dry.” Junior Merritt Peterson

shared, “Spring track is more intense

and there are more people than there

were in winter track.”

There are many different things

that go on during track. Peterson

shared, “The whole team is a family,

and practice is

fun.” Roberts

shared that he

likes that “track

isn’t strict, and

you mainly do

what you want

“an individual’s

success is how

much you put

into it, a team’s

success is how

much everyone




Have you ever

thought about

being on track

or thought about

how track athletes

prepare? Roberts

is a jumper and

sprinter. He does

pole vault and runs

the 400m dash and

4 by 400m relay.

By Isabel Cox

Photos by De’Jah Saunders

Roberts explained, “I do a lot of warmups,

and I practice run-throughs to

prepare for pole vault. If you want

to do pole vault, it is not

scary, and it is fun!” If you

are interested in running,

but you don’t know where

to start, take some advice

from these distance

runners. Rock runs the

1600m, 3200m, 800m, and 4 by 800m

relay. Rock said, “Make sure you run

a lot.” Peterson runs the 1600m and

4 by 800m relay. Peterson remarked,

“Give effort in every practice and

always strive to do better.”

Math and

science teacher

Rick Butler is

the only track

coach that works

at Brooke Point.

Butler coaches

girls and boys

discus and

shotput. Butler has been a coach since

1971. This is his 45th year being a

coach and his 23rd year being a track

coach. Butler commented, “I love

being with young people; it is exciting

to watch them and know that they are

going to be better.” Butler explained,

“It is hard being the only track

coach in the building. It puts more

responsibility on the athletic director

and administration. I am also the one

with direct contact with the students

throughout the day.” Butler added, “I

am also blessed to be

a part of Brooke Point

and have some of the

best athletes in the

state of Virginia with

a good work ethic.”

Summer at The


By Emma McElwain and Cassidy Hoff

“Finding Dory” will come out on Friday, June 17

and will star Ellen Degeneres as Dory.

It has been 13 years since the production and

release of “Finding Nemo”, the precurser to

“Finding Dory”. “Finding Nemo” followed the

story of a father and son that lose each other at

sea. While the expected blockbuster focuses on

Dory, the memorable character from Finding

Nemo, as she reunites with her long-lost family.

Sophmore Emma Hammond is looking forward

to its premiere over the summer, knowing that “it

will bring back childhood memories.”

“Star Wars Rogue One” comes out Friday,

December 16 and will be released in 3D. The

much anticipated series accounts for how the

rebels track and discover the plans for the

Death Star. Junior Brooke Babec is a committed

fan and is anticipating its release, believing that

“it’s going to be the best movie all year. I can’t


“Civil War” came out Friday, May 6 in 3D. “Civil

War” starts off Marvel’s ‘Phase Three Plan’

and preps the Avengers for the long awaited

“Avengers: sInfinity Wars Part I”. Senior Theron

Hawkins, in love with actor Tobey Maguire is “a

little worried how the new spiderman character

will turn out.”

10 11

Colin Roberts

Merritt Peterson

The 2015-2016 Hawkeye Staff

“I joined journalism because

I’ve always been into writing

and I thought I’d have an

outlet to write journalistically.”

-Savannah Duckworth

“My favorite memory was

stealing pool balls from my

family for the white elephant gift

exchange.”-Cody Ferdinand-

“I joined journalism because I liked

writing and creating my own work.”

-Colleen Parker-

“I loved when the whole class goy

competitive for a scavenger hunt.

We really bonded that day.”

-Giselle Namata-

“My favorite memory was when Julie

and I did our ‘About Me’ project.”

-Jasmine Sutton Banks-

“[I joined journalism] because I

have a passion for writing.”

-Virginia Lusker-

“My favorite memory was the

white elephant gift exchange.”

-Isabella Taffera-

“Being able to be creative

and explore other ideas is

my favorite part of being in

journalism.”-Cassidy Hoff-



The Hawkeye is the official student magazine of

Brooke Point High School. All articles are studentwritten.

It is a forum of student expression, printed by

Stafford Printing.

Views expressed are those of the student writers

and editors and are not necessarily shared by the

administration or staff of Brooke Point High School.

The staff strives to uphold the highest

journalistic ethics and standards.

Editor in Chief

Giselle Namata


Editor in Chief

Regan Flieg


Lindsay Bakum


Shelby Baird

Nathaniel Bowman

Isabel Cox

Savannah Duckworth

Cody Ferdinand

Julie Gazzoli

Kayla Hilado

Cassidy Hoff

Faith Jasso

Gwenevere Keller

Virginia Lusker

Kassidy McCall

Emma McElwain

Sarah Moncure

Kiara Neely

Colleen Parker

Jane Pierce

Mason Russell

De’Jah Saunders

Jasmine Sutton Banks

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